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Vaisakhi celebrated in Ilford by three hundred-strong Sikh Women’s Alliance UK

PUBLISHED: 09:30 09 May 2018

Muscians performs during the Sikh Women's Alliance Vaisakhi celebration. Photo: Sikh Women's Alliance

Muscians performs during the Sikh Women's Alliance Vaisakhi celebration. Photo: Sikh Women's Alliance

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Three hundred women and children from the borough’s Sikh community celebrated Vaisakhi in Ilford this weekend.

Members of the Sikh Women’s Alliance UK held their annual event at Karamsar Centre, in High Road, on Sunday, May 6 - during the hottest May bank holiday on record. 
Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi or Vaishakhi, commemorates the transformation of the Sikhs into a family of warrior saints, known as the Khalsa Panth, under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

Dressed in their brightest coloured clothes, the women and children performed cultural and traditional songs and nursery rhymes.

Chairwoman Balvinder Saund said: “Women were empowered to go on stage and showcase their traditional singing and dancing talents.”

She added: “Everyone was wished happy Vaisakhi and good food, provided by Karamsar Gurdwara, was enjoyed by all.”

“We remembered why we celebrate Vaisakhi and paid tribute to those who laid down their lives in 1699 to create new order of Sikh Khalsa.”


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